60 Years + Health’ Considerations
While many older adults enjoy good health as they age, the risk of developing problems increase and for some of us, problems occur simultaneously contributing to our difficulties.The opportunities for care listed under men’s and women's health in this website remain relevant for all of us. The following section outlines important considerations related to aging.
Please come in and talk about any concerns you have. If cost is a barrier to you asking for support please let us know.
Cardiovascular risk assessment and care
Cardiovascular Risk Assessment for patients who are without symptoms.
Many risk factors for heart attack and stroke can be modified so a check up is worthwhile.
When should I screen?
The following link outlines the ages that patients should consider seeing us to assess their cardiovascular risk. Patients with the risk factors listed below should assess their personal risk at an earlier age than those who have no risk factors.
Risk factors for premature cardiovascular disease include but are not limited to
some medical conditions
certain ethnicities ( Maori/Pasifika/Indo-Asian*)
*Indo-Asian-Indian, Fijian Indian, Afghani, Bangladesh ,Nepalese, Pakistani, Sinhalese, Tibetan, Sri Lankan,Tamil.
a history of significant mental illness
a family history of premature heart disease or stroke
Please make sure we are aware of your family history and have an accurate record of your ethnicity. As a rule of thumb screening for disease in those at higher risk, should start 10 years prior to the age of your relatives problems were diagnosed or your age group recommendations if this is uncertain.
Please make an appointment to see us if you have any concerns.
Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a group of conditions that change and damage our brains. Dementia can happen to anyone, but as people get older the chances of developing dementia increase. The following links provide useful information.
Drivers licence medicals.
Once you turn 75 there are a few changes to the process for renewing your driver licence:
Your new licence will be valid for only two to five years.
The renewal fees are lower – because you’re renewing your licence more often.
You need to present a medical certificate each time you apply.
If recommended by your doctor, you will have to sit a 30-minute On-road Safety Test.
For more information please see https://www.nzta.govt.nz/driver-licences/renewing-replacing-and-updating/renewing-for-seniors/
Many of our patients have enjoyed the opportunity provided by the YMCA to meet and exercise with others.
For more information please see YMCA for Seniors
Falls are common and as we age the risk of falling increases. Even if only minor injury occurs falls can have life changing consequences. There are a number of effective interventions that can decrease your risk of falling. Please come and see us. For more information on falls prevention
Some patients will be eligible to take part in an in-home falls prevention programme offered by the Auckland DHB. This programme has been shown in trials to reduce falls in older adults by over a third. Please ask us if you feel that participation in this program might be helpful to you.
General check up and personalised screening advice.
If you have concerns about your health or wish to have a better understanding of your personal risk come and see us. We will review your family history, provide assessment and personalised screening and preventative medical advice. The following LINK provides general guidelines for age specific screening and preventative medical advice.
Home and social support support
Support services. For more information about the services provided to support older people please see the following links.
Immunisation/VACCINATION information for 60 years +
Immunisation has been shown to significantly reduce the burden of preventable diseases.
This section describes the free immunisations available for people from 65 years. These immunisations protect against the flu, shingles, tetanus and diphtheria.
We ask patients over 60 years to discuss both the pneumococcal and shingles vaccinations with the Doctor or Nurse.
Mental health challenges
Older adults, those aged 60 or above, make important contributions to society as family members, volunteers and as active participants in the workforce. While most have good mental health, many older adults are at risk of developing mental disorders, neurological disorders or substance use problems as well as other health conditions such as diabetes, hearing loss, and osteoarthritis. Furthermore, as people age, they are more likely to experience several conditions at the same time.
For more information about eligibility please see the following:
Application forms are available at the surgery or through the following:
Osteoporosis advice, assessment referral and treatment:
Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bones to become thinner and weaker and to fracture more easily, even with minimal trauma. The short and long term consequences of such fractures can be significant. They often compromise independence. Osteoporosis affects over half of women and approximately one-third of men over 60 years. Rarely younger people can be affected.
There are a range of lifestyle factors and treatments that can maximise the strength of bones and slow the progression of osteoporosis. We have included a number of links below that provide further information about daily calcium requirements for healthy bones, lifestyle factors that maximise bone health and an overview of the medical treatments available.
Urinary problems/bladder leakage
Urinary incontinence (loss of bladder control) is a common problem and can affect people of all ages. If this affects your daily activities, we can support you with advice and/or medical treatment that can ease or stop these problems.